Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon Fast Facts

How big is Bryce Canyon National Park?

Bryce Canyon covers a total area of 35,835 acres or 56 square miles.

How many people visit Bryce Canyon National Park?

2,104,600 people visited Bryce Canyon in 2021. A table showing all years can be found at Bryce Canyon Visitation Stats.

When was Bryce Canyon National Park created?

Bryce Canyon was made a national park on September 15, 1928.

What are the highest and lowest elevations in Bryce Canyon National Park?

Bryce Canyon’s lowest point is 6,620 feet at Yellow Creek. The highest point in Bryce Canyon is 9,115 feet at Rainbow Point.

What time zone is Bryce Canyon National Park located in?

Bryce Canyon is in the Mountain Time Zone.

How much does it cost to enter Bryce Canyon National Park?

$35 per private vehicle per week.

Five Random Facts About Bryce Canyon

one Bryce Canyon National Park is named for Ebenezer Bryce, a Mormon settler who built his home near the Bryce Amphitheater. He observed that it was “a hell of a place to lose a cow.”

two Bryce Canyon is not technically a canyon. It is a series of about a dozen natural amphitheaters, eroded into an escarpment of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.

three Bryce Canyon has some of the darkest night skies in the United States, and the stargazing is extraordinary on a clear night. Astronomy programs are sometimes offered.

four The “hoodoo” formations that Bryce Canyon is famous for were formed chiefly by the repeated freezing and thawing of water.

five Bryce Canyon National Monument was created on June 8, 1923. A year later, on June 7, 1924, the monument’s name was changed to Utah National Park. Finally, on February 25, 1928, Utah National Park was renamed Bryce Canyon National Park.

Where is Bryce Canyon National Park?

Bryce Canyon National Park is located in a relatively remote area of southern Utah. It is often combined with one or more of the other five Utah national parks, particularly Zion, the closest, about a 90 minute drive. You’ll need about 3.5 hours to drive to Capitol Reef, and almost 5 hours to reach either Arches or Canyonlands. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Bryce Canyon.